This day will be divided into two excursions – pre and post lunch. The pre-lunch excursion will begin after your breakfast, and will take you to the 15th century Spituk Monastery in the Spituk settlement which is around 5km from Leh. In addition to the religious importance and essence of Spituk Monastery, it also boasts of being the first Gelugpa monastery in Ladakh! On a visit this religious enclave, enjoy its serenity, architecture brilliance and other aspects. Within the monastery, you can also find an ample of courtyards and several temples at different levels.
Post this visit, your Leh Ladakh Monastery Tour will take you towards the Hall of Fame which is located within a close proximity to the city limits of Leh. A museum that belongs to the Indian Army, this is one such museum in the country that showcases war memorabilia, war photos, arms and ammunitions used in the war, military uniforms, seized belongings of the rival army, and much more. Completing this visit, you will be driven back to the Leh for your lunch; time to get started with the post-lunch tour.
Beginning with the post-lunch tour, you will be first driven to the pious SankarGompa which is around 3km from the heart of Leh. An extension of the Spituk Monastery, Sankar Monastery in Ladakh also belongs to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect of Buddhists and is the official residence of KushokBakul who is the head of the Gelugpa Sect. Since this monastery follows the time schedule of 07:00-10:00AM and 05:00-07:00PM, your visit will be arranged accordingly.
After a visit to the Sankar Monastery in Ladakh, you will be driven to the historic Leh Palace located at the edge of the captivating Namgyal Hill. Resembling much to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, this ancient palace overlooks the Leh town and is a major attraction in all the Leh Ladakh tour packages! The once an official residence of the royal families, it was built somewhere in the 16th century by Singe Namgyal, the then ruler of Ladakh. Built in medieval Tibetan style, a visit to Leh Palace will get you acquainted with the history of Ladakh.
Post this visit, you will be driven back to the hotel for your overnight stay.